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Spongebob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, Pants!

Since the arrival of Mario Party, already a couple of years ago, we’re practically drowning in funny and stupid mini games. Party games we call it. These games are mostly played when there’s a significant absence of talkative people or the only one who’s talking is an old fart. What’s funnier than killing your neighbour with flying piranhas, oversized hammers or slippery bananas? In approximately half an hour, you can see the mood becoming brighter and everybody joins in.

The problem with these games is that they mostly only concern minigames. There’s not much to say about these games, but the consummation of alcoholic drinks cover this up. You are so drunk, and you tell your best friend his girlfriend has gigantic tits. He’s also drunk, laughs out loud and says he hasn’t got sex for five weeks. Everybody laughs with too much noise and fills his glass with something to drink. That, my friends, is the culmination of cheap entertainment. But it’s also one of the highlights of gaming. These are the moments I’ll look back in a year, smiling of what happened that evening. I don’t care about the adventures I got with some stereotype American soldier on a godforsaken island. I care about adventures with my mates, with my beer and with my barbecue, laughing my ass of because of some stupid game.

But that doesn’t mean you have to exaggerate off course. Nintendo knows how to make simple games into art. Others know how to make simple games into something stupid and dull. Take a look at Spongebob Squarepants meets Mario Party (actual name is Spongebob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Why make it hard on yourself when you can just take an existing concept. Lets just substitute Mario with that silly sponge and that’s that. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is practically a complete port of Mario Party. Well, THQ doesn’t use a game board like Nintendo did, but you get the idea. Sometimes, I just thought I accidentally turned my Gamecube on.

I will now call this game Spongebob Party, I don’t think THQ would mind that. In Spongebob Party, you have to win a role in a new and popular film about your heroes, by completing different mini games. To make things more interesting, you can see some movies of Spongebob throughout the game. Unfortunately, these don’t come near the bizarre and hilarious episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. And believe me, I’ve seen some of these episodes more than twice. It’s obvious this is a game for kids, where the episodes could be seen by different ages (even my mother laughs with Spongebob).

But even spoiled or ugly kids have to admit Spongebob Party misses the flair of a Mario Party. Some mini games where a lot of fun, but it’s no mystery why these games look like something I’ve seen in Mario’s Party game. I wouldn’t advice you to play this game on your own, because it’s just not fun to do. You could have a laugh now and then with a couple of friends, but I laugh all the time with me friends, so that’s nothing to be surprised off. If you have the privilege of having 3 friends, you can play this game with a multi tap. But let’s be honest: I don’t really know that much people with a multi tap, and it’s a lot less fun with two players.

Spongebob Party just hasn’t got what it takes. No even half as funny as the episodes, a complete rip-off from Mario Party and ugly menus: it should all have been a lot better, and I mean a lot. It’s not the first time Mario Party gets copied, but it’s time to quit it. Mario Party has lost some of its glance, and Spongebob Party is a bowl already covered in rust because of the rain. Spongebob should be ashamed; like the time his pants ripped and he had to sing on the beach. That was funny, this is just ain’t.

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